wouldn't say boo to a goose


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wouldn't say boo to a goose

Is particularly shy, nervous, or diffident. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. My brother is a very sweet, warm-hearted man who wouldn't say boo to a goose. How can you suspect that he committed this crime?
See also: boo, goose, say

wouldn't say boo to a goose

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you say that someone wouldn't say boo to a goose, you mean that they are very quiet, shy, and nervous. `If you remember, at college I wouldn't say boo to a goose.' — `That's right, you were very quiet.' She recalled a shy, overweight girl who wouldn't say boo to a goose
See also: boo, goose, say
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When I was their age I wouldn't say boo to a goose when I got into the squad but for some reason they are different nowadays, not a bother on them.
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The day I came home when I was 15, having done an audition for New Faces, it was like an alien had walked in, because in our house you wouldn't say boo to a goose.
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